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August 2016


From Phys.org Technology News

Refugee who made it returns with drone to halt drownings

Refugee who made it returns with drone to halt drownings

Standing on a pebbled beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, Mehdi Salehi searches for a good spot to set his drone loose.


From Phys.org Technology News

Bags don't fly free: Charges have boosted airlines' departure performances, study finds

Bags don't fly free: Charges have boosted airlines' departure performances, study finds

When most major airlines began charging flyers for checked bags in 2008, travelers grumbled. Southwest Airlines—one of the most successfully run airlines in history—even resisted and seized a new marketing slogan "bags fly free


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Snooping in Practice

Data Snooping in Practice

Good piece on the topic, though I had never called it that.    Thought it was something about security.  Another example of the lack of standards in the industry. Too many terms have come from different disciplines.   Here described


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Quantum Computing

On Quantum Computing

In the Edge,  a conversation with Seth Llyod, Professor, Quantum Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Principal Investigator, Research Laboratory of Electronics; Author, Programming the Universe.Non technical, practical and thoughtful


From insideHPC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel Alliance Delivers New Centers of Excellence for HPC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel Alliance Delivers New Centers of Excellence for HPC

Intel and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have recently created two new Centers of Excellence (CoE) to help customers gain hands-on experience with High Performance Computing (HPC). This plus collaboration with customers on


From XRDS

Positive Computing: a novel research field to promote human wellbeing

Positive Computing: a novel research field to promote human wellbeing

Technology has undoubtedly improved at vertiginous speeds in the last decades. However, there is no evidence that all this technology is helping increase the people’s general wellbeing. Calvo and Peters have attributed this to


From insideHPC

NSF Awards $110 Million for XSEDE 2.0

NSF Awards $110 Million for XSEDE 2.0

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $110 million award to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and 18 partner institutions to continue and expand activities undertaken through the Extreme Science


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Blue Sky Ideas Conference Tracks

CCC Blue Sky Ideas Conference Tracks

Are you helping organize a conference in the near future? Consider having a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track!  The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsors an initiative to bring special “Blue Sky Ideas” tracks to leading


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dangers of Marketing Optimization

Dangers of Marketing Optimization

Have been involved in a number of marketing optimization projects in the brands.   Are the new attempts at predictive analytics causing us to expect too much with these methods?   We called this 'analytics', and now its called


From insideHPC

Avere Systems Teams with Cycle Computing for High Performance Multi-cloud Orchestration

Avere Systems Teams with Cycle Computing for High Performance Multi-cloud Orchestration

Today Avere Systems and Cycle Computing announced a technology integration that enables hybrid high-performance computing (HPC) in popular public cloud computing environments. By integrating the Avere vFXT Edge filer cloud bursting


From insideHPC

Fujitsu Unveils Processor Details for Post-K Computer

Fujitsu Unveils Processor Details for Post-K Computer

The Fujitsu Journal has posted details on a recent Hot Chips presentation by Toshio Yoshida about the instruction set architecture (ISA) of the Post-K processor. "The Post-K processor employs the ARM ISA, developed by ARM Ltd


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Scoop Speaker

Samsung Scoop Speaker

A competitor to the Amazon Echo?   Indications of voice activation.  Samsung Scoop.  Advanced cognitive skills are unclear.  But note Samsung previous devices like S Voice, and Otto, which hinted at cognitive AI skills." .. S


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Consulting Book

Visual Consulting Book

Friend and colleague David Sibbet who taught us many visualization techniques is writing a new book.  Many links below at the tab to his work." ...President and Founder of The Grove Consultants International—organizational consultant


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Consulting

Visual Consulting

Friend and long time colleague David Sibbet writes about visualization.   Read his site for insight and visual tools. " ... President and Founder of The Grove Consultants International—organizational consultant and information


From Schneier on Security

Privacy Implications of Windows 10

Privacy Implications of Windows 10

The EFF has a good analysis of all the ways Windows 10 violates your privacy....


From Phys.org Technology News

Feds: Ignore that post about banning driver cellphone use

Feds: Ignore that post about banning driver cellphone use

Briefly Monday, it looked like the federal government was going to push all 50 states to ban the use of cellphones and other wireless devices while people are driving.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Limits to Prediction

Limits to Prediction

Santa Fe Institute workshop on the limits to prediction.   Every practitioner knows there are limits to prediction.  Systems may be chaotic, or influenced by unknown context.   The implications?   Fundamental thoughts.  Have


From Computational Complexity

Chrisitan Comment on the Jesus Wife Thing misses the important point

In 2012 a Professor of Divisinity at Harvard, Karen King, announced that she had a fragment that seemed to indicate that Jesus had a wife. It was later found to be fake.  The article that really showed it was a fake was in the


From insideHPC

ARM Ramps up for HPC with SVE Scalable Vector Extensions

ARM Ramps up for HPC with SVE Scalable Vector Extensions

Over at the ARM Community Blog, Nigel Stephens writes that the company has introduced scalable vector extensions (SVE) their A64 instruction set to bolster high performance computing. Fujitsu is developing a new HPC processor


From insideHPC

Tutorial: GPU Performance Nuggets

Tutorial: GPU Performance Nuggets

In this video from the 2016 Blue Waters Symposium, GPU Performance Nuggets – Carl Pearson and Simon Garcia De Gonzalo from the University of Illinois present: GPU Performance Nuggets. "In this talk, we introduce a pair of Nvidia


From insideHPC

SimScale Integrates with Autodesk Fusion 360

SimScale Integrates with Autodesk Fusion 360

Today SimScale in Germany announced a partnership with Autodesk, a leader in 3D design and fabrication software. The SimScale add-in for Autodesk Fusion 360 aims at improving the design engineering workflow between the design


From The Eponymous Pickle

Case Based Reasoning and Chatbots

Case Based Reasoning and Chatbots

 Resources for integrating Case based reasoning (CBR) and bots. The integration could be a natural way to deliver intelligence in a bot.  We used CBR in a number of early applications.

" ... The main goal of jCOLIBRI is to provide


From insideHPC

Video: Combining Simulation & Experiment for Nanoscale 3-D Printing

Video: Combining Simulation & Experiment for Nanoscale 3-D Printing

In this video, ORNL researchers use supercomputers to simulate nanomanufacturing, the process of building microscopic devices atom by atom. Simulated here is the construction of a 250-nanometer 3-D cube by focused electron beam


From The Eponymous Pickle

Re Emergence of Google Glass

Re Emergence of Google Glass

According to this piece it has never gone away.  We spoke with Google on uses, and never got a very supportive answer.   I get the idea that at the time the snarky press had already eroded some of the possible augmented reality


From insideHPC

SC16 Welcomes Families with On-Site Childcare

SC16 Welcomes Families with On-Site Childcare

For the first time, SC16 will offer childcare in the convention center to registered attendees and exhibitors. "This will provide an opportunity for the family to be together while one or both parents enjoy either parts or all


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithm/Problem Categories for AI and Data Science

Algorithm/Problem Categories for AI and Data Science

Like this statement of solution categories:  10 Algorithm Categories for A.I., Big Data, and Data Science by Chris Pehura:  Crunchers:  These algorithms use small repetitive steps guided with simple rules to number crunch a complex


From The Eponymous Pickle

Impact of AI on Jobs

Impact of AI on Jobs

Thoughtful piece with many interesting links.  Good this pointed me back to Irving Wladawsky-Berger's blog.  Was on a panel with him in the 90s.Irving Wladawsky-BergerA collection of observations, news and resources on the changing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forklift Simulation Using VR

Forklift Simulation Using VR

Interesting idea.  If was one of the ideas we considered for warehouse and plant training, but the technology was not well enough evolved to make it workable.  A related example addressed common issues of machine and line repair


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Processor Design Exploration for Vision Based Mobile Robots

Great Innovative Idea- Processor Design Exploration for Vision Based Mobile Robots

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Christopher B. Harris, the Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Engineering at Brown University. Harris presented his poster, Processor Design Exploration for


From Schneier on Security

Research on the Timing of Security Warnings

Research on the Timing of Security Warnings

fMRI experiments show that we are more likely to ignore security warnings when they interrupt other tasks. A new study from BYU, in collaboration with Google Chrome engineers, finds the status quo of warning messages appearing

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